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Global Time Attack 2012 Round 1 Buttonwillow Raceway Part 3

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Alex Peng in the Limited FWD Novak Racing Honda Civic.

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Mike Bonanni in the Street FWD Team Need for Speed Scion tC.

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Chris Frick in the Street AWD HG Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo.

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Patrick Tam in the Limited RWD DNA Motoring Honda S2000.

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Ken Suen in the Godspeed X Sportcar Motion Honda Civic Si

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Jacob Tanaka in the Tanaka Racing Chevrolet Corvette.

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Carl Rydquist in the Berk Technology BMW 135i

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Jeff Westphal trying out the Snail Performance Subaru WRX.

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Michael Chang in the Evasive Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo.

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Jeff Westphal in the GST Motorsports L.

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Chris Rado in the Team Need for Speed WORLD Racing Scion tC.

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VJ Mirzayan in the Evolution Racewerks BMW 135i.

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Taylor Wilson in the Fat Snail Perfomance Subaru WRX.

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Alex Peng in the Novak Racing Honda Civic.

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Jacob Tanaka in the Tanaka Racing Chevrolet Corvette.

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Thomas Merrill in the AM Racing Nissan 370Z.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Motorsports

 

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Global Time Attack 2012 Round 1 Buttonwillow Raceway Part 2

My last post was a bit short on material, so I promise to have a few more photos in this one and other upcoming posts.

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Can’t go wrong with an action shot of the Evasive Motorsports EVO.

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Snail Performance is one of the teams bringing multiple cars to compete in different classes. The car above happens to be their Unlimited AWD WRX that has a few new upgrades this year and one of the most eye catching liveries. Battling the heat and a few bugs, Snail Performance’s WRX was able to take second place with a 1:59.367. Once they get those bugs worked out, this WRX should be one of the fastest cars on track.

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When it comes to time attack racing, there is one name that has a strong presence, Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada. Tarzan is one of the fastest, craziest, skilled drivers out there. He’s made it his specialty to do minimal laps in a car and still set records. So when you hear he’s going to be driving at an event, you know that team has brought something serious. Platte Forme a.g. has definitely brought a serious piece of machinery. I’m hoping to see them at atleast one more event this year, that way I can put my shyness behind me and talk to the crew to see what all has been done to their BMW M3 running in the Limited RWD class.

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The very first time attack race I attended was at Willowsprings Raceway back when Redline Time Attack was around a couple years ago. Even then the Evolution Racewerks BMW 135i caught my attention right away. Here was this BMW, that had recently came out, already decked out in full race trim. Fast forward a couple years later and this 135i is still stealing my attention span from the other cars. VJ Mirzayan took second place in the Street RWD class with a 1:57.438 and also snagged a Synergy Turbo gift certificate in the process. Looks like this 135i will be adding another reason to steal spectators attention this season.

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Unfortunately Round 1 didn’t have any wheel-to-wheel racing, but that didn’t stop some drivers from giving the crowd a great show.

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Looking very good and taking first place in the Street FWD was Ken Suen in the Godspeed X Sportcar Motion Honda Civic Si with a time of 2:01.872. One of the great things about the Street Class is that you don’t need to have a full blown race car and big budget to get into time attack racing. Ken Suen and the Godspeed X Sportcar Motion Honda Civic Si did a great job showing what a popular street car can accomplish on the track and I look forward to seeing many more teams bring everyday street cars and begin their time attack careers in the Global Time Attack Street Class.

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GTA Round 1 was quite a few things, one thing it was for sure was surprising. Project Import definitely turned a few heads when it went from running a widebodied S2000 to an open-wheeled S2000. Literally.

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If you weren’t fortunate enough to make it to the first round of GTA, your in good hands with numerous professional photographers and videographers covering the entire event from start to finish. These guys came well-equipped for getting the best shots of the weekend.

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While most teams were focused on fast lap times and breaking records, Snail Performance decided to add another goal to the list. Unorthodox sponsor placement.

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Carl Rydquist not only took first place in Street RWD with a 1:56.591, but he also managed to shave off an additional 4+ seconds (1:52.487) by switching tires and running in the Limited RWD class in the Berk Technology BMW 135i.

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I was really glad to see Apollo Performance have a successful weekend with their Subaru WRX. The last time I saw them run, luck wasn’t on their side and battled through a few issues. This time, the car looked to run real good allowing Clint Boisdeau to run the third fastest Street Class time and win the Street AWD class with an 1:58.412.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Motorsports

 

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Global Time Attack 2012 Round 1 Buttonwillow Raceway Part 1

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One of the time attack cars I’ve always wanted to see live and photograph is the Sportcar Motion Integra Type-R. Its not your typical Integra with a body kit, big wing and cool wheels, it has all that and the balls to prove the wing is actually useful. Running a 1:56.214 in the Limited FWD class, was enough to back up its good looks and lock in a first round win.

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EDGE Motorworks E30 is a force to be reckon with. I first saw their E30 run at last years finale at Infineon Raceway in which they ran not only in the GTA event but just about every other session NASA had going on that weekend, something no other teams were doing. Another surprise for me was that this car runs in the Unlimited RWD Class and finished in 3rd place with a 1:57.756.

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With a grocery list of issues and concerns, GST Motorsports had their work cut out for them if they wanted to get the victory in the Unlimited AWD class. Fortunately, a menacing appearance wasn’t anywhere on that list.

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Pulling off a temporary brake fix proved to be just enough for Jeff Westphal to get the GST Motorsports “L” “New Dark Knight” down to a 1:46.631, fast enough for a class win and overall fastest time of the event. Many thanks goes out to Tony Szirka from UMS Tuning for whispering brake solutions into Mike Warfield’s ear over Saturday night’s dinner. Time very well spent.

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Not 100% sure what happened, but unfortunately Sportcar Motion’s Integra Type-R wasn’t able to run the full weekend. Glad I was there when it did run though.

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One of the Unlimited Class Big Boys and Buttonwillow’s current track record holder, FXMD’s NSX is one bad machine. Driven by Billy Johnson, they were able to take first place in the Unlimited RWD class with a 1:49.241. From what I picked up in the pits, it sounded like they had a fuel pump issue along with one or two other bugs cutting their weekend short. Cannot wait to see them on the track again.

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Another time attack car I was looking forward to seeing/shooting was the Evasive Motorsports EVO. With a full Voltex widebody kit, Volk TE37SL’s and enough race goodies to hold off any race car fiend, it does not come short of looking great in motion. At one point over the weekend, Michael Chang and Evasive Motorsorts were in first place in their class and had the second fastest time overall. Even with the brutal heat, Michael Chang was able to hold off the competition and take first place in the Limited AWD class with a 1:49.546.

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Bringing my first part of coverage of Global Time Attack’s 2012 Round 1 to a close, is FDXMD’s NSX showing off its voluptuous aero.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Motorsports

 

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Ripon Powerplay Sports Arena: Hockey

Got a chance to play with some new lenses and see how my dad has progressed in his hockey “career”. Whole team looked great out there and played very well pulling off the victory, congrats guys! If your ever in the area and want to check out some roller hockey or even want to sign up, check out Ripon Powerplay Sports Arena. Real nice facility with a lot going on for both players and friends and family cheering them on.

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Swanson keeping it out of the reach of the defender.

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McNamara planning out the attack down ring.

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Dolph breaking away from the defenders.

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Swanson making more than just the goalie nervous about his incoming shot.

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One of Rambo’s many displays of speed blowing past everyone.

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Van Gronigen bringing the speed.

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Quick reaction moves kept Menagoski ahead of the game and eye on the puck, unlike the defender heading to the floor.

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Eyes on the goal.

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Couple of Dolph’s look not many want to deal with.

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Van Gronigen keeping his legs fresh after an early goal.

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Gonzalez firing one down the ring, glad I wasn’t in his shot’s way.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Stockton Indoor Sports Complex: Bronze Hockey League Championship Game 2012

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Making an offensive push for the goal.

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“No passing for you!”

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“You look tired, just hang out here for a minute ‘pal.”

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One of the key offensive players put on a scoring clinic for the championship game.

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One of his many saves.

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Whooooppp! Not going that way.

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Turning up the juice on defense.

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Always focused no matter what.

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“Better make sure you know what your getting yourself into coming my way.”

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Beating the opposing team to the puck is one of the key aspects a team needs to win it all.

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What better reaction can you make after scoring the championship winning goal.

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Much deserved respect going to the goalie who kept the puck outside the net when it counted most.

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Big celebration and huge smiles after getting that last point to lock in the championship.

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Sin Cal, 2012 Bronze Hockey League Champions at Stockton Indoor Sports Complex.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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GST Motorsports 2012 GTA Build: The L Chronicles Part 8

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Documentary

 

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